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Cabeza de Vaca (1991)

R  |   |  Adventure, Drama, History  |  17 April 1992 (USA)
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A handful of survivors from a disastrous 1528 Spanish expedition to Florida journey across the coast until they reach Mexico.

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Juan Diego ...
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Dorantes
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Cascabel / Araino
Carlos Castañón ...
Castillo
Gerardo Villarreal ...
Estebanico
Roberto Cobo ...
Lozoya (as Roberto 'Calambres' Cobo)
José Flores ...
Malacosa
Eli 'Chupadera' Machuca ...
Sorcerer
Farnesio de Bernal ...
Fray Suárez
Josefina Echánove ...
Anciana Avavar
Max Kerlow ...
Man in Armor
Óscar Yoldi ...
Esquivel
Ramón Barragán ...
Pánfilo de Narváez
Julio Solórzano Foppa ...
Alcaraz
Javier Escobar Villarreal ...
Young Iguase Indian
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An international award winning saga of old Mexico. In 1528, a Spanish expedition founders off the coast of Florida with 600 lives lost. One survivor, Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca, roams across the American continent searching for his Spanish comrades. Instead, he discovers the Iguase, an ancient Indian tribe. Over the next eight years, Cabeza de Vaca learns their mystical and mysterious culture, becoming a healer and a leader. But soon this New World collides with the Old World as Spanish conquistadors seek to enslave the Indians, and Cabeza de Vaca must confront his own people and his past. Written by Concorde - New Horizons (with permission).

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The huge figure of a naked man wielding a club which is created by the Indian sorcerer is an accurate representation of the ancient Celtic chalk carving known as the Cerne Abbas Giant, which is 60 metres in height and is located on a hillside overlooking the village of Cerne Abbas in Dorset, England. See more »

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The location is right- Florida at this time referred to all this area.
2 May 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Very interesting and visually stunning movie, which paints a unique portrait of pre-European life in this region.

However, most of the story is fabrication, as other reviewers have pointed out, which is a shame and takes much away from the 'insight' that this film seems to give.

On the point of geography- This film joins the expedition part way through their journey after they have left the Florida peninsula and just before they land in the Galveston region. It is worth pointing out that at this time THE WHOLE OF THE REGION FROM THE Florida PENINSULA TO NORTHERN 'NEW SPAIN' (MEXICO) WAS REGARDED AS Florida, and so film characters talking about the land as Florida is historically accurate.

Very good film though and definitely worth a watch.


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